Butchers and food retailers across Stockton are doing their bit to promote good food hygiene as part of Food Safety Week this week, 16 – 22 June.
The national campaign has been developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise awareness of and tackle Campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.
The food bug cannot be seen, smelt or tasted on food but can be fatal at its worst. Food retailers across the Borough will be displaying FSA posters about Campylobacter and displaying stickers on packs of raw meat to help people stay safe, particularly when handling chicken.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “Food safety is vitally important to ensuring our residents remain healthy. Incorrect preparation of food can result in residents suffering from food poisoning which is why it’s important that residents know how to handle and cook safely for themselves and their families. We are proud to support this campaign to help keep people safe and well.”
Bob Martin, Head of Foodborne Disease Strategy at the Food Standards Agency, said: “This is a serious problem and we are calling on the whole industry to act together to tackle Campylobacter. People can do their part by handling and preparing chicken with extra care – don’t wash raw chicken, cook it properly and enjoy it safely.”
The following butchers are supporting the campaign:
- Blackwells Butchers - High Street, Norton
- Robinsons Butchers - Neasham Avenue, Billingham
- Roberts Family Butchers - Town Square, Billingham
- Roberts Butchers - Wrightson House, Thornaby
- Newboulds Butchers - Wellington Street, Stockton
- Marleys Butchers - Castlegate Centre, Stockton
- Kitsons Butchers - Castlegate Centre, Stockton
- Gibbons Butchers, Thornaby
- Ragworth Butchers - Dumbarton Avenue, Stockton
- Yarm Butchers - High Street, Yarm
- Sowerby Butchers - Station Road, Billingham
The FSA is working with local authorities, all major supermarkets and key partners to make sure people know how to stay safe. For more information and advice, visit www.food.gov.uk/chicken